Utah Labor Commission Unveils Small Business Quarantined Employee Grant

The Utah Labor Commission recently announced its Small Business Quarantined Employee Grant program. The grant is intended to help businesses forced to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 — a substantial financial hardship for employees and businesses alike.

The $2 million grant harnesses federal CARES Act funds, intended for small businesses with less than 50 employees. The funds can help a business continue to pay employees who are required to quarantine or isolate. The new grant offers small businesses reimbursement that pay employees to stay home during quarantine or isolation for a maximum of 40 hours per week for a period of up to two calendar weeks.

To qualify, businesses must also have one or more employees receiving notice that the worker must quarantine or isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test (or exposure to someone who has tested positive). The business must also have continued to pay out regular wages while the employee was in quarantine.

To apply for the Small Business Quarantined Employee grant, visit:

https://laborcommission.utah.gov/small-business-quarantined-employee-grant/

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